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Definition of Moderate

Moderate

  1. Kept within due bounds; observing reasonable limits; not excessive, extreme, violent, or rigorous; limited; restrained
  2. Limited in quantity; sparing; temperate; frugal; as, moderate in eating or drinking; a moderate table.
  3. Limited in degree of activity, energy, or excitement; reasonable; calm; slow; as, moderate language; moderate endeavors.
  4. Not extreme in opinion, in partisanship, and the like; as, a moderate Calvinist.
  5. Not violent or rigorous; temperate; mild; gentle; as, a moderate winter.
  6. Limited as to degree of progress; as, to travel at moderate speed.
  7. Limited as to the degree in which a quality, principle, or faculty appears; as, an infusion of moderate strength; a man of moderate abilities.
  8. Limited in scope or effects; as, a reformation of a moderate kind.
  9. One of a party in the Church of Scotland in the 18th century, and part of the 19th, professing moderation in matters of church government, in discipline, and in doctrine.
  10. To restrain from excess of any kind; to reduce from a state of violence, intensity, or excess; to keep within bounds; to make temperate; to lessen; to allay; to repress; to temper; to qualify; as, to moderate rage, action, desires, etc.; to moderate heat or wind.
  11. To preside over, direct, or regulate, as a public meeting; as, to moderate a synod.
  12. To become less violent, severe, rigorous, or intense; as, the wind has moderated.
  13. To preside as a moderator.

Moderate Quotations

A strong body makes the mind strong. As to the species of exercises, I advise the gun. While this gives moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise and independence to the mind. Games played with the ball, and others of that nature, are too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind. Let your gun therefore be your constant companion of your walks.
Thomas Jefferson

Probably the greatest harm done by vast wealth is the harm that we of moderate means do ourselves when we let the vices of envy and hatred enter deep into our own natures.
Theodore Roosevelt

What is a moderate interpretation of the text? Halfway between what it really means and what you'd like it to mean?
Antonin Scalia

Real liberty is neither found in despotism or the extremes of democracy, but in moderate governments.
Alexander Hamilton

Half the vices which the world condemns most loudly have seeds of good in them and require moderate use rather than total abstinence.
Samuel Butler
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Moderate Translations

moderate in Afrikaans is matig
moderate in Dutch is gematigd, bescheiden, matig
moderate in Latin is modica, aliquanta, modestus, parcus, mediocris
moderate in Portuguese is moderado
moderate in Spanish is modico

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